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Composed by Hector Berlioz
Based on William Shakespeare's 
Much Ado About Nothing.
Sung in English with the original Shakespeare dialogue. 

CANCELED: A Shakespearean Romantic Comedy!

Out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of COVID-19, Central Michigan University has decided to cancel all events and gatherings on campus through March 31st, 2020. This has impacted the performances of the opera Beatrice et Benedict, and the Saint Louis Brass Concert which are now cancelled. All customers will be refunded for their ticket purchases, and there is no need to contact Ticket Central to request a refund. All customers who paid for their tickets with a debit or credit card will be automatically refunded within the next 7-10 business days. All customers who purchased tickets with cash or check will be refunded by check from Central Michigan University, and should expect to receive the check within a month. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and we wish you good health and fortune.

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Central Michigan Opera Program

School of Music produces an annual full-length opera during the spring semester, featuring the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. Unlike larger institutions in the state of Michigan, undergraduate, rather than graduate students perform the overwhelming majority of the leading roles in our productions.

Students at Central Michigan University have several different opportunities to perform in opera and musical theatre. During the fall semester, The School of Music presents an Opera Gala which features music from the operatic literature as well as the American Musical Theatre. Additionally, The School of Music, in conjunction with the School of Theatre, produces a fully staged musical theatre production each fall semester. Recent collaborative shows include, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Into the Woods, Chicago, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, A Little Night Music, Pal Joey, Urinetown, Little Women, Kiss Me, Kate and Secret Garden.

The mission of the opera program here at Central Michigan University is to prepare students for the professional world of singing. To that end, we bring in professional stage directors and coaches to work with our students as part of the production process. 

Recent opera theatre productions include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, The Mikado, Die Fledermaus, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute.​​​​

Past Opera Performances